Talk About Papering Over the Budget Crisis in an Election Year! One Word: Securitization

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If there ever was a word that obfuscates, it’s “securitization.” It’s a term for borrowing against future revenues. Nestled in Gov. Rell’s budget-adjustment proposals is $1.3 billion in securitization. OPM Secretary Bob Genuario just declined to give reporters details of the caper, which will be the subject of a joint announcement this afternoon between OPM and […] [Read More]
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Wondering Who’s Running for Congress?

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Check today’s list of bills in the Capitol mailboxes. The Blogster finds that Sen. Dan Debicella, R-Shelton, seems to be sponsoring many bills that could be translated to his run for the GOP nomination to challenge US Rep. Jim Himes in the Fourth District. Debicella has submitted legislation to “redefine” the state’s constitutional spending cap; […] [Read More]
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What’s This? Actual Legislation on the First Day of a Session?

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 There’s a bill in the hopper, for action today, to expand COBRA benefits and contribute more cash to distressed municipalities including Bridgeport, New Haven and Torrington. The Legislature will also increase funding for eight other towns and cities including Hartford, Newtown and Watertown. All of this would occur in the fiscal year that starts July 1. The governor’s office […] [Read More]
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Session Starts! It’s About Jobs! Let the Lobbying Continue!

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  Coincidental to the start of the Legislative session tomorrow the Office of State Ethics just released a report indicating that last year a total of  $38.6 million was spent on lobbying, with a relatively meager $24,284.68 going to public officials. The information is included in the OSE report called the “State of Lobbying.” It is available on the OSE’s […] [Read More]
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House and Senate Dems Can’t Yet Agree on “Fixes” for Campaign Finance, so Rell Offers Her Own

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Remember how majority Senate Democrats decided it was OK to create huge obstacles for minor parties to gain access to the ballot? It was nestled in that 2005 law that everyone patted themselves on the back about and was thrown out last year by US District ourt Judge Stefan Underhill in Bridgeport. Anyway, it’s on […] [Read More]
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Capitol Police Order Staffs to Clear “Literature” from Capitol Hallways for Opening Day

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The Blogster today has noticed Democratic and Republican staffers moving boxes of unaddressed mailing propaganda from their usual spots in the Capitol hallways, to behind doors in caucus offices. Capitol Police Chief Walter Lee, who took over after the recent death of Chief Michael Fallon, has ordered it as an added security measure for tomorrow’s opening […] [Read More]
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Blumenthal Schedules Noon Newser to Announce Whether Bysiewicz has Enough Experience

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The Blogster finds it hard to believe that Attorney General Dick Blumenthal, who has researched the issue, will declare in a noon news conference today that Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz of Middletown has not practiced enough, or been “active” enough, under state statutes, to fulfill the lawyerly qualifications for attorney general. If he […] [Read More]
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Stratford Dem has “God” on Her Side in Special Election to Replace Harkins

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Janice Andersen, a Democrat hoping to take the state House seat vacated by John Harkins, who’s the new mayor of Stratford, filed a campaign-finance report with the State Elections Enforcement Commission that indicates a modest $3,847 raised, with about $2,915 on hand going into next month’s special election. Anyway, contributors have to list their employers […] [Read More]
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